*It’s been termed ‘a miracle.’ And no one is more surprised than the new mother. At age 19 she was told by a doctor that she had the XY chromosomes of a man and she would never conceive because she didn’t have a womb, ovaries or fallopian tubes. Her situation, she was told, was because of a condition called androgen insensitivity syndrome.
Hayley Haynes was horrified by the diagnosis, but then again, there were signs: one, throughout puberty, she had never had her period.
Haynes response to the revelation was, “No man will want me.” But she had an added fear, how was she going to tell her childhood friend, Sam, who later became her husband, the news of her condition. “When they told me I had no womb, I was so confused I felt sick. My biggest fear was never having children,” she said.
“Suddenly a huge piece of my life was missing. I felt like half a woman and was embarrassed. How was I going to tell a guy I was genetically male when I started dating,” she pondered.
But now, nine years later, twin “miracle” babies, Avery and Darcey, are being celebrated by the couple, according to the Daily Mirror.
As it turns out, the original doctor’s prognosis was not completely correct. A specialist at the Royal Derby Hospital found that Haynes’ tiny womb had been undetected by previous scans. Although it was very small, only a few millimeters, it was somewhere to begin, said Haynes. She added, “He was optimistic it would grow. I still couldn’t conceive naturally, but I could have the option of IVF.”
Haynes got the green light for invitro fertilization in 2011, because her womb was now ready. But her optimism dropped once she realized she would have to pay for the surgery out of her own pocket due to the government’s refusal to assist through the National Health Service (NHS).
Saving as much as they could together, Hayley and her husband Sam went to a clinic in Cyprus after paying over $16,000 for their flights and the IVF treatment.
Admitting that the treatment had cost them all their savings, Haynes said that she was very nervous because she only had one shot at getting pregnant. “I desperately wanted to be a mother and knew if there were no viable eggs or the implantation wasn’t successful, I’d be distraught,” she added.
Under the added stress of knowing the treatment had only a 60% chance of making her pregnant, when two tests came back positive that Haynes was pregnant and six weeks later, she finds out that she was carrying twins, you can imagine her elation.
Now, the mother of twins says that after nine years of hearing that she would never become a mother, to hear news to the contrary “was the single most amazing moment of my life.” She added, “When I held the babies in my arms for the first time, I was overwhelmed.”